Create a Futuristic City Photoshop Tutorial

Now, let’s start by creating a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields

  • Preset: Custom
  • Width: 3000px
  • Height: 3000px
  • Resolution: 300px
  • Color Mode: RGB Color 8 bit
  • Background Contents: Transparent

Step 2

Now, place Background Go to File > Place and select City 1. Then place it to our work canvas and position the image with the transform tool (Ctrl / Cmd + T). Hold Alt + Shift and rasterize like the image below. In Photoshop CC only hold Alt to rasterize all sides together.

Step 3

Add Adjustment Layer “Color Balance”

Step 4

Add Adjustment Layer “Brightness/Contrast”

Step 5

Add Adjustment Layer “Curves” and press Ctrl/Cmd + I to invert. Then use Brush Tool(B) Soft Round with foreground color white and paint on Highlight parts.

Step 6

Add Adjustment Layer “Curves” and press Ctrl/Cmd + I to invert. Then use Brush Tool(B) Soft Round with foreground color white and paint on dark parts.

Step 7

Create a new layer and use the Soft Round brush tool with the foreground color Orange and paint on the bottom image. Opacity set to 75%.

Step 8

Next, place City 2 Go to File > Place and select City 2. Then place it to our work canvas and position the image with the transform tool (Ctrl / Cmd + T). Hold Alt + Shift and rasterize like the image below. In Photoshop CC only hold Alt to rasterize all sides together.

Now select the layer and use a Pen Tool(P) and start selecting buildings. When we finish the selection press right-click on mouse and “Make Selection” then create a layer mask. The simplest path you can draw with the standard Pen tool is a straight line, made by clicking the Pen tool to create two anchor points. By continuing to click, you create a path made of straight line segments connected by corner points.

  • Select the Pen tool.
  • Position the Pen tool where you want the straight segment to begin, and click to define the first anchor point (do not drag).
  • Click again where you want the segment to end
  • Continue clicking to set anchor points for additional straight segments.
  • The last anchor point you add always appears as a solid square, indicating that it is selected. Previously defined anchor points become hollow, and deselected, as you add more anchor points
  • Complete the path by doing one of the following:
  • To close the path, position the Pen tool over the first (hollow) anchor point. A small circle appears next to the Pen tool pointer  when it is positioned correctly. Click or drag to close the path.
  • To leave the path open, Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) anywhere away from all objects. To leave the path open, you can also select a different tool.

Step 9

In this step create a new layer and use a soft round brush tool with foreground color orange and paint on city 2. The flow of brush set to 10%. Then select City 2 and this layer and put to group (Ctrl/Cmd + G).

Step 10

Add Adjustment Layer “Curves”

Step 11

Add Adjustment Layer “Brightness/Contrast” and press Ctrl/Cmd + I to invert. Then use Brush Tool(B) Soft Round with foreground color white and paint on highlight parts.

Step 12

Add Adjustment Layer “Brightness/Contrast” and press Ctrl/Cmd + I to invert. Then use Brush Tool(B) Soft Round with foreground color white and paint on highlight parts.

Step 13

Next, open a Night city 1 Go to File > Place and select Night City 1. Then place it to our work canvas and position the image with the transform tool (Ctrl / Cmd + T). Hold Alt + Shift and rasterize like the image below. In Photoshop CC only hold Alt to rasterize all sides together.

Create a layer mask and use a soft round brush tool with the foreground color black and delete some parts, look at the picture below. Blend mode change to Color Dodge.

Step 14

In this step duplicate night city 1 (Ctrl/Cmd+J) and repeat the same process as in previous step.

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